03-07-2004, 10:48 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: S.F. Bay Area, CA
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| | 12" inc. strip light + mini PC bulb?
I'm thinking of getting an All-Glass 12" incandescent strip light and using one of those screw-in mini PC bulbs in it. This is for my 2.5-gallon tank. I was originally considering a Coralife Mini Aqualight, but that would be overkill. I just want something just a little bit stronger than the 8W normal-output fluorescent I'm using now.
I would like to know:
Does the inc. fixture have a reflector?
Will the bulb socket position put the bulb near the center or off to one of the sides?
Will a 10W mini PC bulb fit properly in the fixture?
Would this actually be an improvement from the 8W N-O fluorescent or would poor light distribution make it worse?
On a different note, one of the LFS's I frequent carries the coolest "nano-tank." It's a 4-gallon rectangular glass aquarium meant to hold up to four bettas. But if you don't put the dividers in, it makes a pretty nice "long" tank. Apparently, the length is the same as a 5.5-gallon, so you can fit a 16" strip light over it perfectly. With one of those palm filters, it makes a great little set-up, if you can work around the relatively shallow back-to-front depth. I guess it makes light distribution (back-to-front) less of an issue, though. Only thing is, if you use an incandescent 16" strip light, there's only one socket, which is skewed off far towards the left side, so one side ends up being deprived of much lighting at all. That's why I asked about the placement of the bulb socket in the 12" strip.
Well, I hope somebody can answer my questions. TIA!